Prediction for UFC Vegas 43 – MMA Fighting

Do not adjust your set. Correct, Miesha Tate Fighting. Second time this year, in fact. And yes, she’s knocking on the door of a title fight five years after retiring.

It was in UFC 205 in November 2016, Tate lost a unanimous decision Raquel Pennington, an outcome that forced her to take a break from competition to focus on other business ventures and become a mother. On Saturday, Tate continued her UFC gold belt journey once again as she battled the top 10 contender Ketlen Vieira.

Vieira was looking for her own path of redemption as she lost weight for the first time in her UFC career this past February then dropped a unanimous decision in a disappointing performance before Yana Kunitskaya. “Fenomeno” has now lost two of her previous three matches, and what once seemed like an inevitable championship clash with Amanda Nunes is rapidly moving away from her.

Saturday’s event also marked 10 straight weeks of UFC events, a dizzying stretch that included some of the year’s best fights and finishes. UFC Vegas 43 definitely flying under the radar, but has more than enough potential for it to end this run with a bang.

In other main card action, invincible weight Sean Brady face his toughest challenge in Michael Chiesa, bantamweight veteran Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang face to face, the newly baptized Joanne Wood seems to prevent hard charging Taila Santos, and a middle bantamweight beater Davey Grant and Adrian Yanez Opening.

What: UFC Vegas 43

Where: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

When: Saturday, November 20th Preliminary card seven wars start on ESPN+ at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the five-match main card above ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET.

(Numbers in brackets indicate standing in MMA fighting global rankings)

Ketlen Vieira (8) vs Miesha Tate (10)

Ketlen Vieira’s best chance to beat Miesha Tate here is probably knocking the opponent out before Tate’s wrestling. The only problem is that Tate was only submitted by Amanda Nunes (who rocked her first) and Ronda Rousey, and Vieira is not Nunes or Rousey.

Vieira is deadly on the ground, but it’s starting to feel like the boxers have figured out her game plan, and unless she learns to attack more there while also looking for submission. , it will be difficult for her to win the jury. This fact set its ugly head for Vieira in the defeat to Yana Kunitskaya.

On the other side of the equation, Tate has excellent and basic top control. It’s interesting that Vieira can create everything on the carpet, more than likely she eats shots while training behind her back. And on feet, Tate is leading in the standout division. All she has to do is avoid that raw power of Vieira and she can pick her in three innings. Throw in a steady diet of kills and Tate will soon have another tough win on her record.

Pick: Tate

Michael Chiesa (T8) vs Sean Brady

Sean Brady is an elite talent about to add an elite name to his resume.

For all his flaws, Michael Chiesa has been wildly successful in two weight classes, and there’s a reason he’s been chosen as the next man to test Brady. Chiesa is extremely strong, agile, and knows how to get around the projection area. Brady has never lost, but if he gets too aggressive, he can easily be caught by Chiesa’s submission. Heck, if he was too hesitant, he might be caught by a submissive Chiesa.

That means Brady has to be calm and balanced, which is exactly how he looked in his first four UFC fights. Call consistency boring if you want, but it’s an important attribute for Brady and a key factor in why he’s seen as such a bright prospect. At the age of 28, Brady is entering his peak physically alongside mentally ahead of his time. He won’t break a sweat on a quick start from Chiesa.

Brady’s grappling and jiu-jitsu were good enough against whatever Chiesa was going to put into grappling, and I gave him the edge in hitting as well. He is compact and patient, which will allow him to decide how the fight goes. I saw Brady win on his feet, then outmaneuver a scrambling Chiesa before finishing in submission.

Pick: Brady

Rani Yahya and Kyung Ho Kang

No one has seen Kyung Ho Kang fight for 700 days and I have to tell you how will he fight tonight?

In a tactical ground battle, I support Rani Yahya here. It’s safe to say that Kang’s aggressive wrestling performance proves to be overwhelming for the Brazilian vet, who’s been competing professionally for the 40th time, but Yahya’s jiu-jitsu is just too fun to fight. . There are also too many question marks about how Kang will perform after being fired for a long time. His ground fights will have to be timed, lest he spend most of the fight unscathed or swept.

Kang is one of the physically strongest boxers at 135 pounds, so Yahya definitely couldn’t be comfortable sitting on his back. A slow start can be costly, and Kang may simply look past Yahya. However, Yahya is the best submissive fighter Kang has ever faced in the octagon and I expect Yahya will make Kang the 22nd victim.

Pick: Yahya

Joanne Wood (9) vs. Taila Santos (T12)

I’m filming a broken record at this point, but man, it’s hard to talk about any fights with Joanne Wood and not think about all the bad breaks she’s been through.

17 months ago, she was supposed to fight Valentina Shevchenko for a UFC title, but that fight was canceled due to Shevchenko’s injury. Wood couldn’t afford to stay on the sidelines so she put up a fight with Jennifer Maia, a gruesomely styled opponent ended up sending Wood into the ring. Instead, Maia continued to challenge Shevchenko.

Wood recovers with victory Jessica Eye, then takes an almost split decision Lauren Murphy that – you guessed it – led to Murphy getting his own deserved rift at Shevchenko. Now, Wood had to fight Alexa Grasso on Saturday, a favorable match suggested that Grasso was still finding her feet in flyweight, but instead she faced fast-rising Taila Santos after Grasso was forced to withdraw.

In theory, this matchup shouldn’t be too bad for Wood, as she’s always had a good kill defense and that should help her deal with the recent wrestling-biased Santos. But Santos adding that weapon to her arsenal is key to her success, so just being able to mix it up causes problems for Wood. This must be maintained on her feet and within Wood’s range for her to be in control. If she can pull Santos into a murky Muay Thai match, then we could see some classic “Dr. Knee. ”

Twist it, I’ll deal with the sadness here and pick Wood for the stand-up score.

Pick: Wood

Davey Grant and Adrian Yanez

Contrary to the previous pick, I’m sticking with the obvious pick of Adrian Yanez continuing his KO streak.

Yanez is on the cusp of a breakthrough in the loaded bantamweight division and you have to give the matchmakers props for getting him into the right matches to increase his stock. His fight with Randy Costa was one of the most exciting under-threes of the year and now he has another challenge for sure, but beatable in Davey Grant.

The big question mark surrounding Grant these days is whether he will ever return to using the grappling that brought him to the UFC in the first place or stick with the heavyweight strategy that made him a knockout artist. surprising next. Those bonus checks were hard to resist, and Grant had to know that the Yanez booking was made with the expectation that at least one of them would eat one.

With that in mind, Grant was ready to go to war once more – and fell to Yanez in a brave and memorable attempt, hoping to earn another 50 Gs for both fighters.

Pick: Yanez


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